The reason that I mention this is because at least two of the other specials are spurred on by an act of idiocy on Elly's part that she blames on the victim of her blind-eyed stupidity and refusal to heed warning signs. "A Storm In April" is prefaced by John making distant buzzing noises that sound like "Uh, Elly? You've noticed how small children have this odd tendency to move around despite your infantile belief that they are content to sit quietly where you plunk'em down, right?" only to have Elly stand around moaning in angered pain that for some reason that escapes her, naughty children do what naughty children do and move without her approval or permission while "The Good-For-Nothing" is all about Farley being on the outs because once again, Elly is pissed off that no matter how much she pleads or bargains or berates the dog, he isn't cowed into submission.
The other unifying theme is that Elly is not taken aside and told that her pet theories are not operative in the world in which we live nor does Elly calm down and apologize to the person or pooch she's peeved with. Instead, she is cowed into submission by a series of contrived coincidences that serve to shut her up momentarily and given dialogue that hints that once the warm glow of the miracle subsides, she'll be right back to screaming at everyone for failing her. This is why Lynn likes them better: Elly gets to be stupid and not answer for it.